Understanding Your Risk - Use Strong Passwords and Change Default Ones

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Sep 12, 2018 1:02:50 PM

Over the next several months, we will be sharing the PCI Council's advice on How to Protect Your Business With These Security Basics.

This month's topic:  Use Strong Passwords and Change Default Ones

According to  the Council's Guide - About 80% of breaches involved guessed or stolen passwords!

Here is what they recommend:

CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS REGULARLY. Treat your passwords like a toothbrush. Don’t let anyone else use them and get new ones every three months.

SEEK HELP. Ask your vendors or service providers about default passwords and how to change them. Then do it!

For more information on managing passwords, click here.

MAKE THEM HARD TO GUESS. The most common passwords are “password” and “123456.” Hackers try easily-guessed passwords because they’re used by half of all people. A strong password has seven or more characters and a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols (like !@#$&*). A phrase can also be a strong password (and may be easier to remember), like “B1gMac&frieS.”

To see how fast it takes to crack a password, click here.

DON’T SHARE. Insist on each employee having their own login IDs and passwords – never share!

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Alaskan Restaurant and Retail Technology Trends - September 2018

By Thomas Greenman | Aug 22, 2018 12:16:02 PM

Once a year, we travel to the Lower 48 to a conference called RetailNOW.  We meet with point of sale companies just like Skurla’s and with the nation's leading vendors.  It’s an amazing event that helps us find out what the future holds for the hospitality/retail industries, but it also provides us with a wealth of information on how we can better serve you. This year’s event was in Nashville and for us Alaskan’s, 90+ degree days are way too hot. But the knowledge we bring back makes it all worth while.

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Understanding Your Risk - Exploring the PCI Council's Small Merchant Guide

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Aug 20, 2018 11:22:54 AM

“Small businesses are particularly at risk from the costs and opportunity loss associated with a data breach. Implementing the guidance published by the PCI SSC Small Merchant Taskforce will help a small business improve its data security practices and reduce the risk of data theft.“ - Michael Christodoulides, Barclaycard, PCI Small Merchant Taskforce Co-Chair

Security risks are everywhere these days - everyone up and down the chain is affected.  At Skurla's Point of Sale Solutions, we take security very seriously - and wanted to share some resources from the PCI Security Council.  

But first, here are some frightening data points shared by the PCI Security Council:   

  • 71% of hackers attack businesses with under 100 employees (Verizon 2012)
  • 60% of small businesses experienced a cyber breach (HM Government)
  • $20,752 is the average cost to small businesses due to hacking (NSBA)

If this scares you too, keep reading below to learn more about how to protect your business - 

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Why You Need A Password Manager

By Thomas Greenman | Jul 18, 2018 4:29:36 PM

If you are like most folks, you have a handful of passwords that you reuse for all your online accounts. You may change a number or two when it’s expired, for example: Password1 gets changed to Password2, and so on. It’s very likely that some family and friends know some of your passwords too, like your WIFI and Netflix password. In a world full of hackers and breaches, you really are making their job all too easy.

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Take 5 Minutes to Read About PCI & Security - It Could Save Your Business

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Mar 1, 2018 7:11:38 AM

Data Breaches, ID Theft, Credit Card Breaches - we hear this all the time in the news.  And this is the last thing you as an owner or manager want to experience for your business!

Please take time to read this!  It could save your business!

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Skurla's is QIR Certified

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Apr 19, 2016 1:46:17 PM

Visa advised acquirers that as of January 2017, all new Level 4 merchants must use only Payment Card Industry (PCI)-certified QIR solutions providers for POS application and terminal installation and integration. 

Today we are happy to announce that we are a QIR Certified POS Provider.  A BIG shout out to Jesse Dison for the successful completion of the Qualified Integrators and Resellers course.

The Qualified Integrators & Resellers course provides an opportunity for eligible professionals of qualifying organizations to receive training and qualification on the secure installation of Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS)-validated payment applications into merchant environments in a manner that facilitates PCI Data Security Standard compliance.

To learn more about the Small Merchant Security Program Requirements download the security bulletin here.

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To learn more about how you can reduce your risk and PCI requirements, read the rest of the article here.

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A breach can cost you money and customers.

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Jul 25, 2013 12:18:00 AM

The PCI Security Council has a website for small business owners - https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/smb/

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How will credit card fraud affect your business?

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Nov 4, 2011 3:12:35 AM

How will credit card fraud affect your business? Every small business owner should read this article! http://ow.ly/7jrzh

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Be PCI Wise

By Lynn Skurla Perkins | Mar 11, 2010 12:58:00 AM

Did you know: Malware is now the criminal’s tool of choice to hack your system and most malware is not picked up by Anti-Virus software – you must secure your network!

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